Mattie Reeves Vickers, 91, of Hickory, a longtime resident of Wilkes County, died Monday, March 9, 2020, at North Carolina State Veterans Home in Black Mountain. Born Saturday, Sept. 8, 1928, she was the daughter of Fred Fischer and Lydia Fischer.

Mattie will be remembered for her independence and strong-willed personality, her creativity and handiness. Mattie was proud to serve the country as one of the earliest women to lead in the U.S. Navy and was a Navy Korean War veteran.

She is survived by her daughters, Lynn Woodard (Tony) of Kannapolis and Susan Darnell (Donnie) of Elkin; two sons, Mike Vickers (Kwang) of Sanford and Russ Vickers (Nancy) of Hickory; four grandchildren, Shelia Vickers, Robbie Billings, Anthony Billings, and Alexander Vickers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Jack Vickers; her brother, Ralph Fischer; and her twin sister, Doris Meyer.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Scenic Memorial Gardens Cemetery Chapel in Moravian Falls. Burial will follow at Scenic Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Scenic Memorial Gardens Cemetery Chapel.

Memorials may be made to North Carolina State Veterans Home, 62 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, N.C. 28711 or Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

Please sign the online guestbook at The Vickers family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton.

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